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Topic: Paraffin lamp

Posted By: star1234
Subject: Paraffin lamp
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 3:01pm


As we mainly camp in midge riddled scotland ;-) been thinkin of investing in a parrafin lamp and using citronella oil in it for helping to keep the midges away.

Also thinkin it would be nice sitting outside with a nice wee warm glow coming from the lamp rather than the normal artificial lights.

Does anyone use a lamp and what size, and do you also use citronella oil in it and find it effective?


Posted By: dezzie
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 5:00pm

Thats not too bad an idea. Have you seen the ones in poundland. Might be worth buying one and trying it with the citronella oil first - that way you're not too much out of pocket if it doesnt work.

You been too busy facebooking again Elaine and forgot about us ukcampsiters? LOL ;)

Posted By: Safeway56
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 7:13pm

An oil lamp can only be a supplementary source of light. It isn't bright enough to read by for instance. If you don't require much light an oil lamp means you won't be totally in the dark...just.

Posted By: timpro
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 8:03pm

Don't know if it will work in Scotland but wen I've been to Dominican republic in years gone by I always used lemon shower gel and shampoo usually boots version but supermarkets do it mow the stronger the smell the better it definatley helps that your skin smells of lemon :)

Posted By: Hacksaw Bob
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 9:36pm

As dezzie suggests, try the Citronalla oil in a cheap lamp from Poundland, 99p Stores etc.     
Can't remember if mine actually deterred any midges last time I used one, but it will give you a pleasant ambience outside your tent with that "wee warm glow" you mention!

Posted By: bbwales
Date Posted: 27/3/2011 at 11:19pm


I use a Tilly lamp and it gives superb light and runs on parrafin so you could try the oil in one of them, they are a pressurised light so it should help with burning the citronella.

I used to live in Belize and over there you were plagued with mosquitos and sandflies, we used to burn mosicoils and they worked well. They are available at most camping shops. We used to light them and put them under the table and they would burn for a few hours and keep all the wee beasties away.



Posted By: star1234
Date Posted: 02/4/2011 at 3:54pm

Thanks for the good advice, Dezzie ur rite been away facebooking and just been generally busy in general!  Been negleting my camping addiction and beginning to panic away in 4 weeks so need to get finger out and get organised!

The only lamps I have seen in poundland are the tea light ones i haven't seen any that you can use with oil or have I missed something. Seen some cheap lamps on ebay for a 5 so was thinking of getting a couple of them, worst come to worst would get used in the garden. 


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